As part of the continuous assessment and improvement process associated with accreditation of the Biomedical Engineering Program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), faculty within the program have undertaken a comprehensive review and revision of the undergraduate curriculum and approved (September 28, 2016) several course changes. These changes, which are based upon input from senior course reviews and exit interviews, include modifications to the sequencing of coursework, course pre- and co-requisites, learning outcomes, and course descriptions.
Specifically, the new course BMEN 263 will replace the prior course BMEN 260. While both courses introduce students to the broad topic biomechanics, the scope of the new course has been expanded. This change is made possible as a result of the addition of BMEN 212 (Fundamentals of Biomedical Systems) to the new curriculum. As part of BMEN 212, students will be introduced to basic statics concepts, so that they will enter BMEN 263 prepared to learn a wider scope of biomechanics concepts. In particular, the need to cover statics within the prior course, BMEN 260, prevented effective instruction in the area of solid mechanics. This new coure, BMEN 263, will cover extensively solids, as well as advanced statics concepts.
The title for BMEN 263, Introduction to Biomechanics, has been retained from the class that it will replace (BMEN 260). However, the course description and learning outcomes reflect the wider scope of topics that will be covered within this course.